The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 2014.jpg
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart performing in 2014
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Genres Indie pop, noise pop, shoegazing
Years active 2007–present
Labels Slumberland, Fortuna Pop!, PIAS, Painbow
Associated acts The Depreciation Guild, The Drums, Ice Choir, Ablebody
Website thepainsofbeingpureatheart.com
Members Kip Berman
Kurt Feldman
Alex Naidus
Connor Hanwick
Past members Christoph Hochheim
Peggy Wang

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are an American noise pop/indie pop band from New York City. The band comprises singer and guitarist Kip Berman, drummer Kurt Feldman, Alex Naidus on bass, and Peggy Wang on keyboard and vocals.[1] In late 2009, Christoph Hochheim joined the band as a live member. When Hochheim departed in late 2011, Connor Hanwick (of The Drums) replaced him in January 2012.

Their first album was a self-released EP, released in 2007. The release was distributed by Painbow – a record label created by the band.[2] Their debut self-titled full-length album was released on February 3, 2009 via Slumberland Records,[3] a personal favorite label of the band's. Their name comes from an unpublished children's story of the same title. A friend of Kip Berman wrote the story, which revolves around "realising what matters most in life – things like friendship and having a good time".[4][5] The group's self-titled album peaked at number nine on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[6] In 2009, they released Higher Than the Stars, their second EP.[7] The band's second record, entitled Belong, was released in 2011.

In a December 2013 interview the band revealed they were in London putting the finishing touches on their new album, Days Of Abandon, which was released in May 2014.[8] They proceeded to tour with support from Fear of Men (band).

Formation[edit]

Kip Berman, lead singer and guitarist, grew up in Philadelphia, but moved to Portland, Oregon where he lived for several years. Berman played in numerous bands during that time. After finishing his college degree at Reed College, he moved to New York City. When working a job, he met Alex Naidus. The two bonded over their adoration for music, and their similar upbringing.[9] Bands such as Smashing Pumpkins, The Field Mice, Black Tambourine, and Nirvana helped to establish the two as friends. Soon after, the trio played at the birthday party of friend and bandmate Peggy Wang.[10] According to the musicians, they played "five songs in ten minutes, and the song names were longer than the songs". Using a backing track as a drummer, half of this setlist helped formulate the debut album.

In late 2007, The Pains started a MySpace page to showcase their songs. Berman noted, that at the time, the band name was all the group had.[11] Despite this, the trio worked on numerous tracks. Songs such as "Contender", "Come Saturday", and "This Love Is Fucking Right!" would stay band favorites, winding up on the 2009 album The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Other tracks, such as "Orchard of My Eye", would be released on their first EP. It was at the time of their MySpace uploads that attention was being drawn to the act. Prominent music websites, such as Pitchfork and Stereogum, kept tabs on The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

After numerous shows around New York, the trio recruited Kurt Feldman.[12] The drummer was, and still is, the flatmate of Berman. After playing more shows, both in and outside of the US—including regions as distant as China with promoters Split Works[13]—the band recorded their inaugural LP.

Band members[edit]

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart performing in Seattle in 2009

Current members[edit]

  • Kip Berman – Vocals, guitar, keyboard

Current live members[edit]

  • Christoph Hochheim - guitar
  • Anton Hochheim - drums
  • Jacob Sloan - bass, vocals
  • Jessica Weiss - keyboards, vocals

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart EP (Painbow, 2007)
  • Higher Than the Stars (Slumberland, 2009)
  • Acid Reflex (Play It Again Sam, 2012, Purple Vinyl)

Singles[edit]

  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart/The Parallelograms, split 7" with The Parallelograms (Atomic Beat, 2008)
  • Searching for the Now Volume 4, split 7" with Summer Cats (Slumberland, 2008)
  • "Everything With You / The Pains of Being Pure at Heart" (Slumberland, 2008, Blue vinyl)
  • "Young Adult Friction / Ramona" (Slumberland, 2009, Maroon/white swirl vinyl)
  • "Come Saturday / Side Ponytail" (Slumberland, 2009, Mint green clear vinyl)
  • "Say No to Love / Lost Saint" (Slumberland U.S. + Fortuna Pop UK, June 8, 2010, Seafoam green vinyl)
  • "Heart in Your Heartbreak / The One" (Slumberland, 2010, Plumb clear vinyl)
  • "Belong / I Wanna Go All The Way" (Slumberland, 2011, Pink vinyl)
  • "The Body / Tomorrow Dies Today" (Play It Again Sam / Slumberland, July 25, 2011, Yellow/orange clear vinyl)
  • "Jeremy (Magnetic Fields Cover) / My Life Is Wrong (East River Pipe Cover)" (Slumberland, 2012, Army green vinyl)
  • "Simple And Sure / Imposible" (Slumberland, 2014, Olive Green Vinyl)

Compilations[edit]

  • Acid Reflex (Yoshimoto R and C, 2012, Japan CD) This compilation combines the Acid Reflex EP with the Higher Than The Stars Remixes plus one additional remix only found on this compilation.

Equipment[edit]

Guitar Rig & Signal Flow[edit]

A detailed gear diagram of Kip Berman's 2011 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart guitar rig is well-documented[15]

References[edit]

  • Wong, Martin (2009). "Growing Pains." Giant Robot Magazine issue 61.

External links[edit]